How Not to “Get Sold” on the Wrong Laser for Your Practice

These therapeutic laser basics will guide you to a good purchasing decision.

A major problem with many lasers flooding today’s market is that they are not equipped with the technology to match the claims promised by their distributors. When a lasers parameters, like wavelengths and pulse rates, produce insufficient light energy to reach the targeted tissues the lasers end results are superficial and short-lived, at best.

To ensure your purchase delivers look to:

Wavelength, Penetration, Pulse Rate, and Power

The average and peak powers of a laser are good indicators of clinical success. Peak power is measured in watts (W). Together with wavelengths, peak power drives laser tissue penetration. Too little peak power and the light energy doesn’t penetrate deeply enough to reach the area requiring repair.

Average power is measured in watts (W).  The average power delivers the quantity of light photons. When the average powers are too low the number of light photons required for effective results fall short.

Pulse rate is listed in kilohertz (kHz). Research identifies pulse rate as a significant factor in turning genes on for cellular regeneration and tissue repair. When the laser reaches the target, delivers the necessary amount of energy needed and generates a pulse rate greater than 30 kHz, (the amount demonstrated to enhance tissue repair) pain is alleviated and potentially eliminated at its source.

Laser wavelengths are measured in nanometers (nm). Every laser is built with characteristic wavelengths. The wavelength selection is key to the type of tissue requiring repair. Certain wavelengths are suited for vascular tissues, others for avascular tissues. Some deliver more heat, some focus light energy more accurately to the target.  

Lumix lasers were the first FDA-cleared Class 3b and Class 4 superpulsed lasers in the United States (2004) as a technology for delivering drug-free, non-invasive pain relief. Since 2016, Lumix lasers integrate deeply penetrating superpulsed laser wavelengths (910 nm) with continuous wave wavelengths (650, 810, 980, and 1064 nm). This equates to exponentially shorter treatment times. Lumix superpulsed lasers consistently offer safe and effective deep tissue results.  With preprogrammed or customized treatment protocols, Lumix superpulsed lasers successfully treat acute and chronic pain and recalcitrant conditions.

This is good news for physicians seeking exceptional patient outcomes and practice success. Shorter treatment times and more profound clinical effects yield more patient referrals and increased revenues for your practice.

Contact us at for answers to your questions about the optimal laser specifications for your practice needs.